How to Grow Aloe Vera

If you love succulents, then you probably will love the Aloe Vera plant. But how do you care for these plants?

Aloe vera is a popular succulent plant that has many different uses. Some of these uses include burns, insect bites, and you can even eat it if you wish. But how do you grow an Aloe vera plant?

Where to Grow

Aloe vera plants can be grown indoors or outdoors; however, they do best when they are outdoors. These plants can be cultivated in pots or the ground itself.

Type of Soil

Aloe vera plants require a fast draining soil. You can easily find this soil at your local nursery or some discount stores. To further aid the draining process, you can mix small rocks with the soil that you use. The rocks are not a requirement, but they might help in keeping your Aloe vera plants healthier.

Watering

When you water your Aloe vera plants, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, consider the temperature and location. If you’re growing your Aloe vera plants outside in a cool climate, then you don’t need to water them very often. Perhaps every two weeks or monthly. The same goes for growing your Aloe vera plants indoors.

However, if you’re growing them in a hot environment then you will need to water your Aloe vera plants once or twice a week. Your Aloe vera plants will let you know if you’re watering them too much or too little. In both cases, the leaves on your Aloe vera plants will start to shrivel up and perhaps turn yellow or brown. Eventually, the leaves will just turn into a dry husk of their former selves.

Light

It’s best if Aloe vera plants receive indirect bright light. This basically means that you should place them near a window that receives a lot of light if they’re indoors. But be sure that the rays of the sun don’t come in direct contact with your Aloe vera plant because this could burn the plant. In other words, keep them in the shade.

When your Aloe vera plants are outdoors, be sure they’re in the shade as well. Direct sunlight will not necessarily kill them, but it will cause them to turn brown. Plus, your Aloe vera plants will dry out too quickly if they’re in direct sunlight; they may also become more susceptible to diseases as well.

Diseases

First of all, Aloe vera plants are very hardy. The only real disease that may cause your plants grief is root rot. Root rot basically happens when you water your Aloe vera plants too much. So if you simply care for them properly, then root rot will not be a problem for you.

Also, if you grow your Aloe vera plants indoors, you may want to set them outside sometimes when it’s warmer. Since your indoor temperature is probably always around seventy to eight degrees Fahrenheit, your Aloe vera plants may not grow properly. They will not die necessarily, but the leaves may become elongated and sickly looking. By just setting your Aloe vera plants outside for a few hours every couple of days, you may be able to counter this issue.

Propagation

After an Aloe vera plant reaches a certain age, it will start to produce smaller plants around its base. You can then carefully pluck these baby Aloe vera plants out of the soil, and transplant them somewhere else if you like. You may want to temporarily give the baby Aloe vera plants a little more water then you normally would give a larger plant. In a few weeks, your baby Aloe vera plants should start to grow and mature.

Aloe vera plants will sometimes produce flowers if their setting is conducive enough. These flowers will produce seeds when they die off. You can then plant these seeds in the ground, and produce your own Aloe vera plants that way. Just so you know, Aloe vera plants will rarely produce flowers if they’re grown indoors.

Aloe vera plants are a fun plant to grow, and they are quite useful too. As long as you properly care for these plants, they should thrive in an indoor or outdoor environment.

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  1. Great article, thanks for the tips. I have tons of Aloe Veras. The mother plant just keeps producing! My sun room is filled. Our only problem now is that we don’t know what to do with them all. My children don’t get enough scraps to use them all. We keep giving them away.

    Like I always say, great gardens make great neighbors.

  2. i have an aloe vera plant that had some leaves break off. can
    i re-plant or put the leaves in water to get them to start
    rooting?

  3. No, I don’t think you can grow the plant from it’s leaves. You can for some succulent plant types, but I’m fairly certain you can’t with the Aloe vera.

  4. put them in the dirt…BUT before, let them sit out for 2 days to dry the cut off part, then you can put it in the dirt and dont water it for a 2 weeks….then water it. you can bring it back that way but dont put it in water first.

  5. Hi I am trying to grow my aloe vera leaf and I was wondering as I am doing it inside of my house and letting it sit outside while I am outside is there anything I should do to keep it growing? will it ever grow?

  6. If it’s just a leaf Monica, then I don’t think it will grow. Many succulent plants can be grown by cutting off a leaf, letting it dry out, and then sticking it in the soil; however, I don’t think the Aloe vera can.

  7. Iam growing Aloe veera plant indoors and i would like to know what fertilizer is good. I prefer an organic one. And how often should i give.

  8. I am growing Aloe vera plants indoor since four years. But these plants are blooming. i.e means, not producing flowers. These plants are useful for medicinal purposes?

  9. I am growing Aloe vera plants indoor since four years. But these plants are not blooming. i.e means, not producing flowers. These plants are useful for medicinal purposes?

  10. Yes, tv vijayalakshmi, Aloe vera are useful for burns and insect bites. And I believe it’s very rare for Aloe veras to produce flowers when they are grown inside. They’re more likely to bloom if they are left outside. Just don’t leave them outside if it’s going to freeze, or they could die.

  11. I have several Aloe Vera plants, and I put them outside in the late spring, and do not bring them back in until late fall. I just noticed today that my larger two plants are about to bloom! I am so excited!

  12. I live on the East coast and I’m wondering if I can grow Aloe Vera in this climate? What is the temperature range/tolerance of this plant?

  13. Yes, Jupiter, aloe plants live on the east coast (that’s were i am) but i have only grew one and it’s indoors. It never flowered but, it’s about a year old and it’s growing a little pup(baby aloe. thing is, we just transplanted it to a new pot, a bigger one, gave it some potting soil and the very tips are shiviling up on some of the leaves. Even on the pup! i don’t really water it much, only when the dirt’s dry. what’s up?

  14. It’s probably just shock.

  15. Whats the origin of this plant & whats the ideal range of temp. for this plant to grow ?

  16. From what I’ve read, this plant originated in 1500 B.C. Egypt; at least, this is when it was first used to treat infections, burns; etc. Temperatures in the eighties and low nineties seem to be best for this plant.

  17. I have several healthy indoor aloe plants, and the oldest one is now too huge for inside. I think I’ve repotted it for the last time. I’ve seen them growing wild in New Mexico, where they do get some frosts. I’m in Denver, where winters are mild but we do get freezing temps. Can I put it outside?

  18. If you’re asking if you can plant it in the ground, then no. The occasional winter days of zero degrees would kill the plant. If you just want to put it outside in the summer months, then that should be fine.

  19. Great site! I’m a proud owner of a large aloe vera plant and I just found use for its many offspring (and grand-offspring). We have a fundraiser for one of my uncles who is handicapped and I have 24 little plants I’m donating to it.

    My question – how big can aloe plants grow? The one I have is to the point I’m worried about it tipping itself over and am wondering if I need to put a stake in it, it amazes me that not only does it shoot out offspring that I transplant about every six months, it just keeps growing :)

  20. I’m so excited to grow my own aloe vera now! I’m so glad this information was here. ;] Muchas gracias.

  21. Smiley, from what I’ve read, Aloe vera plants can grow to around three feet in height. You’re welcome Kristine.

  22. Author and Smiley,We have an aloe planted in our neighborhood thats about five feet tall!

  23. my aloe vera has very thin leaf and not juice why this happenened and some of the leaf has some little brown spot what they are???

  24. Manuela, your Aloe vera plant either needs water or it is suffering from root rot (caused by too much water). As for the brown spot, it could be a … let’s just call it a water spot. I’ve noticed that if I water my Aloe vera plants in full sunlight, then brown or black spots may occur if the water gets on the leaves. I guess the water droplets amplify the light, and it burns the skin.

  25. My aloe is blooming for the third winter in a row. But it has never produced offspring. Should I do anything with the blossoms? They are a really pretty creamy yellow.

  26. My house is never without the Made from Earth Aloe Vera Skin Treatment and I’ve tried many kinds. Most of what has been available has been in gel form – which is full of chemicals! To make it gel-like, carcinogenic preservatives are used, as well as artificial colors, scents, etc. All I want is 100% aloe vera.

    Since finding the Made from Earth Aloe Vera (including the Aloe & Jojoba for the body), I keep one bottle on the frig door at all times for a more immediate cooling, soothing effect. One bottle is in the bathroom medicine cabinet and one in the bedroom. Its not a gel – its a real aloe vera cream that is potent.

  27. I just bought two aloe veras this spring, i had 4 all together in the beginning after transplanting and finding out one plant was really 3! the smallest has since died, i was unaware i had to let it dry out before transplanting!*(oops) however the two largest ones(living in pots outside) after turning brown and drying out, came back to life and are now both sprouting 2 or 3 pups at this time!!!! ( its so exciting!) my seperate one though is living in our upstairs bathroom since i didn’t realise it was poisonous to cats ( good to know!) and its grown considerably long leaves,and some new leaves, however these last few weeks it hasn’t grown any new leaves and one of the new leaves has liquidated…. i dont want to take it outside because i live at home and my parents dont want me bringing it back in with ants, any tips??

  28. It appears as though the flower on the Aloe Vera plant is dieing. We moved it to a lower table so it would have room for it’s shot.. but sinse then the flower pods seem to be going downwards instead of upwards and the flowers are not opening. Is there any way i can save the flower?
    here is a picture of what it looks like. http://www.photographersdirect.com/buyers/stockphoto.asp?imageid=1666107

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